Lütfi Özkök: Portraits
December 21, 2019–November 15, 2020

Lütfi Özkök: Portraits

Istanbul Modern Photography Gallery presented a selection of portraits by the photographer Lütfi Özkök (1923-2017), internationally renowned for his portraits of authors and artists. The photographs were from Özkök's archive in Stockholm, Sweden, where he spent most of his life. The exhibition featured the artist's photographs of 80 figures in art and literature starting from the 1950s, inviting viewers to witness a period while contemplating the various meanings of portrait photography.


One of the most important genres of photography, portraiture reflects not only the inner world of its subject but also the continual interaction between the cultural, aesthetic, sociological, psychological and ideological layers of the external world. While Özköks portraits record and make contemporaneous appearances of his subjects visible, they also remind us of their social identities. A poet as well as a photographer, Özkök closely followed the worlds of art and literature; he also investigated how his subjects' relationship with their work revealed an aspect of their persona.


The photographs selected for the exhibition, start in the 1950s, when Özkök began to take photographs to accompany his articles in literary magazines, and continue through the 1990s. They include 89 portraits of leading artistic and literary figures, among them 24 Nobel laureates, The exhibition examined Lütfi Özköks relationships with his subjects through texts, objects and documents that accompany the photographs and describes a period through the artist's personal story.



Curator: Demet Yıldız


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